Everyone needs a signature dish up their sleeve. It can be a main dish that's been in the family for generations or an infamous holiday treat that only graces the table once a year.
These glazed pecans will become your year round pièce de résistance. They have a sweet and salty flavor profile that balances out their nutty bitterness. And with an amazing crunch they are the perfect foundation to a mean cheese plate.
Read on for all the ways to use the Glazed Pecan.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
2 TBS water
1 ts salt
1 pound pecans
Flakey salt such as Maldon
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Combine first 4 ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add pecans and stir to coat then spread evenly on baking sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle a small pinch of a flakey salt over the pecans before they cool.
- Try not to 'sample' too many, then serve or store in an airtight container.
Holiday Cheese Platter
- Start with a nutty aged cheese such as my favorite Cypress Grove's Midnight Moon. More readily available, and no-fail options, are a sharp white cheddar or a wedge of parmesan.
- If you're feeding a larger group and are looking for more variety on your plate add a funky blue cheese such as Twin Sisters' Whatcom Blue.
- Add a rich cured prosciutto.
- Don't forget an earthy jam such as Ayako and Family's Damson Plum.
- Round out your dish with your homemade glazed pecans and a favorite cracker.
Need more ideas to use your Glazed Pecans? Straight from your hand for an afternoon snack. Chopped up and added to a yogurt parfait in the morning or an ice cream sundae in the evening. Or use them as a salad topping along with sliced apples and blue cheese crumbles in a tangy vinaigrette.
Cheese Platter photo credit: Kate L Porter